Saturday, January 21, 2012

Jessica N. Childers Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Receiving Nearly $1 Million in Fraudulent Income Tax Refunds


Stephen R. Wigginton, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Jessica N. Childers, 38, of West Frankfort, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton today to a term of 108 months’ imprisonment for her role in submitting false income tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service between 2008, and 2010, in which she fraudulently claimed entitlement to $1,532,184 in refunds and from which she actually received $998,614.34. Previously, on August 11, 2011, Childers pled guilty to a three-count information charging her with conspiracy to submit false, fictitious, and fraudulent claims to the United States; receipt of money stolen from the United States; and aggravated identity theft.

Evidence offered in support of the guilty pleas and sentence showed that in January, 2008, Childers began electronically submitting false income tax returns to the IRS using the names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of real individuals who were deceased. Between January 2008 and March 2010, Childers submitted 572 such false returns claiming over $1.5 million in fraudulent refunds. After discovering the scam, federal authorities were able to seize $192,512.55 from her bank accounts.

In addition to the nine-year term of imprisonment, Childers was ordered to pay $806,101.79 in restitution to the United States Treasury, a special assessment of $300, and was placed on a term of three years’ supervised release to follow her incarceration.

Under federal law, parole has been abolished meaning that Childers will be required to serve a minimum of 85 percent of her 108-month sentence.

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